Interviewer Martin McConnell caught up with ‘keeper Gary Woods and scorer Danny Redmond after Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat at Celtic…
Despite the result it was a spirited team performance.
“Yes, I think so. You know that when you come here, that they’re going to have chances at points in the game with the way that they can keep hold of the ball. I felt that we produced a couple of clear cut opportunities that on another day, if they’re taken, you’d maybe walk away with something.”
It was hard going at times in the first half, you might have gone in level at the break if it hadn’t been for that crazy minute toward the end?
“Yes, I think that’s where we need to manage our game much better, we’ve just conceded after kick off. With it so close to half time, we needed to just slow the game down a bit. We didn’t manage to do that. It was a mistake, and now we’ll just have to move on and start to think about the game on Saturday.”
You made three crucial saves at the feet of Edouard at the beginning of the second half.
“Yes, but when you come here you’re expecting to be busy in goal. I think the last couple of times we’ve come here, last season, we didn’t give them much and didn’t create much ourselves. They had a few chances, but so did we. Like I said, we’re disappointed with that crazy spell at the end of the first half. Other than that, I thought that we held our own.”
Does the overall performance give you confidence going into Saturday’s game?
“Yes, it does. We’ve been on a good run and despite the result against St. Johnstone on Saturday, we did play pretty well. We just didn’t put the ball into the back of the net in the end, and it was a bit of a smash and grab from St. Johnstone. But that’s football. We always knew that tonight was going to be difficult, we’ve now got a spell of fixtures coming up over the festive period that we now have to pick up some good points.”
And they’re all winnable given recent form?
“Definitely. We’ve held our own against the so called bigger teams in this division recently. It’s now about proving that we can cope with different sorts of pressure going into games. Many are now expecting us to get a win, and now we have to try and deliver.”
Not the result you wanted, but a good performance against the champions?
“Yes, you know, I thought we played well and our shape was good. We created a few chances ourselves and on another day, those chances may have gone in. It wasn’t to be and obviously as a group of players we’re disappointed.”
Second half was much better.
“I think it was. Obviously, our shape was fairly good, and we managed to limit their chances on goal to fairly few in the second half. On another day, our chances go in and it’s a different game.”
Tough going at times in the first half, but you broke through and were challenged on the 18-yard line by Nir Bitton.
“Yes, I thought as I took a touch that I had to take a strike at goal and he has got there just before me and put a decent tackle in. So, I’ve got no complaints at all with that one.”
And your goal?
“I was just trying to stick it in the pocket from the edge of the box, after Daz has found me with a good pass. I’ve then taken a touch and tried send it across goal, and thankfully it’s gone in top corner.”
Will that give the side confidence going into the County game?
“Yes, I think it will. As I’ve said it is a difficult place to come and play. We can walk out with our heads held high, and try to take that into Saturday.”
The side has been fairly settled recently, is a good performance and a goal tonight maybe enough to put you in the gaffer’s mind for Saturday?
“Hopefully. When you get your chances, you need to take them. With a bit of luck, I’ve put myself into the reckoning for the Ross County game.”